Our Summer Camps Staff
Carrie Blank, BA, Illinois State University; Catlin Gabel Lower and Middle School PE teacher. Carrie has been teaching PE and health for 25 years. She is teaching her ninth year of Lower and Middle School PE at Catlin Gabel.
Blythe Butler, BA, Willamette University; MA, Portland State University. Blythe has been a college counselor at Catlin Gabel for five years and was previously the director of college counseling at St. Mary's Academy. She spent 10 years in the Lewis & Clark College admissions office as associate director of admissions and director of the campus visit program. Blythe has done national committee work for the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, was on the executive board of the Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counseling, and currently serves on the enrollment management advisory board at University of Oregon.
Natalie Dickinson, BA interdisciplinary studies, University of San Diego; MAT, University of Portland. This will be Natalie's fourth year at Catlin Gabel teaching MS PE and health, and coaching MS athletics.
Debby Dodds, BFA, New York University; MFA creative writing, Antioch University. Debby is an academic and SAT tutor at Catlin Gabel and has taught classroom programs at many schools in Portland, Los Angeles, and on the East Coast. She was a professional actress in New York City and Los Angeles and worked for Disney for over a decade. Her writing has been published in many websites, magazines, and book anthologies, including three NY Times bestsellers. She is associate editor of a magazine, performs comedy with "Spilt Milk," and is the proud mom of a 10-year-old daughter. She loves inspiring young writers in a fun and creative environment.
Marion Edens, B.Sc. Hons Microbiology, Otago, New Zealand; Ph.D Biology, Aston, UK; licensed in biology 6–12, VA; Catlin Gabel Upper School science teacher. Marion spent over 10 years teaching college-level biology and environmental science in Virginia and North Carolina before moving to high school teaching. She has since taught biology and chemistry in high schools in New Zealand and Australia before returning to the U.S. with her family. This is her third year at Catlin Gabel, teaching Upper School science classes including Advanced Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Environmental Science.
Stuart Evensen, BA, Georgetown University; MBA Wharton School; MAT Lewis & Clark College. Stuart teaches AP US history and US history at Lakeridge High School. As a professional photographer Mr. Evensen has self-published four volumes of his work: HarlemScapes, Faces of Vietnam, Faces of Cuba and Faces of Portland. He has been binding books for over 20 years and his work is available in 24 retail locations across the country.
Danielle Frandina, MFA creative writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts. Danielle Frandina is a veteran high school English and history teacher with 14 years of classroom experience. Most recently, she taught AP literature and 20th-century world literature at an independent high school in San Francisco, where she also chaired the humanities department. Since moving to Portland in July of 2012, she has taken time out of the classroom to focus on her own writing, namely a collection of original short stories. Danielle also spends time as an editor, writing coach, instructor at writing retreats, and Catlin Gabel tutor. She hosts a monthly reading series for emerging writers in Portland called Tell It Slant.
Ric Fry, BA conservation biology, Columbia University; Hudson Valley ecology, City University of NY; Montessori Certification, AMI WA.; anthropology, University of Western Ontario. Ric has been teaching elementary students for 24 years and currently teaches Lower School woodshop at Catlin Gabel.
Greg Frye, BA, Lewis & Clark College; JD, Northwestern School of Law; MA, Portland State University. Greg and his wife, Lynn Silbernagel, collaborate in making glass artworks through their business Grynn Glass. Greg taught for 10 years at Catlin Gabel, including computing classes.
Ann Fyfield, BA & MS international/Asian studies, MS curriculum & instruction, Portland State University. Ann has taught at Catlin Gabel since 1989. She merges her love of global cultures with teaching. She uses her work with Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard Project to team with colleagues on garden curriculum throughout the year. She has a strong belief that by working together on growing, preparing, and eating food, we can build a better community and better world.
Jordan Heintz, BA psychology/child development, Whittier College; MAT, Whittier graduate studies, advanced studies; Catlin Gabel 5th grade teacher. Jordan has been teaching for over 17 years, 11 at Catlin Gabel. Joyful learning and community are two huge ingredients in the work he does with children. His classes are focused on a community coming together as they push themselves to learn something new and support one another in the process. When Jordan isn't teaching he can usually be found on his bike with his two preschool-age children up to some sort of silliness.
Leslie Hillman, BA, Linfield College. A Catlin Gabel alumna, Leslie has been a teaching assistant in Catlin Gabel's Lower School for 16 years.
Renee Jenkinson, BA public health, Portland State University; Catlin Gabel outdoor program teacher and Upper School health teacher. Born in Portland, Renee grew up in the Western states and Hawaii. For 10 years Renee has traveled the world teaching wilderness medicine courses for NOLS. She spent five years running outdoor expeditions for teen girls in Hawaii, Montana, Washington, Alaska, and Scandinavia; has lead backpacking artist's residencies; taught high school biology, health, and anatomy in Hawaii; and ski patrolled on Mt. Hood. Renee is certified in EMT, wilderness EMT, and swift water rescue, and is a trained single pitch instructor through the American Mountain Guide Association.
Allie Kautz, BS child development, San Diego State University; 4th grade teaching assistant at Catlin Gabel. Allie's inspiration to become a teacher came from her mother, who was a special education preschool teacher. Allie also taught preschool for a number of years in San Diego before moving to Portland last year. Cooking, knitting, and exploring Portland are among her favorite things to do.
Ginia King, BA, Yale; MA, UNC-Chapel Hill & U Penn; PhD comparative literature & literary theory, UPenn; Catlin Gabel Upper School English teacher since 1997. Before teaching at Catlin Gabel, Ginia taught French at Willamette University. For a very long time she was a graduate student studying medieval literature. Her first job out of college was teaching English at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy. She runs the visiting writers' series at Catlin Gabel, advises the school literary magazine Pegasus, and has recently been teaching Catlin Gabel's creative writing courses. She has participated in writing workshops at the Attic and Tin House in Portland to help with her own teaching and guiding practice. Among other things, she likes dogs, dance and the word "deliquesce." She believes people are happiest when they are making art.
Amanda Lightiser, BA women's studies, University of Georgia; MFA, University of Oregon; J.D., Northeastern University. Amanda recently moved from New Orleans, where she taught literature and writing at Tulane University and Isidore Newman School for nine years. She is thrilled to be back in Oregon, and excited to be teaching sophomore and junior English and working with seniors on their college essays at Catlin Gabel. Before finding her way to writing and teaching, Amanda worked as an attorney representing death row inmates in Florida. She is working on a novel based on her experiences.
Jesse Lowes, BA biology, Colorado College; MAT, Lewis & Clark College; Catlin Gabel MS science teacher. Jesse grew up with a voracious drive to explore and understand the world around him. Immeasurable childhood moments spent overturning rocks in search of salamanders and climbing trees to gain a better view of birds paved the way for ecology field research in college and beyond. However, research on its own never seemed enough without the human component. He discovered the missing piece while working as an environmental educator at an outdoor school in California and immediately knew teaching was for him. Teaching is the perfect blend of personal inquiry and community, challenge and support, work and fun. He feels extremely lucky every day that he is able to work with students to facilitate deeper understanding, respect, and stewardship for our community and the natural world.
Dale Rawls, BA, Portland State University; MA, Lewis & Clark College. Dale has taught art at Catlin Gabel for 24 years and now teaches art to Middle School students.
Lynn Silbernagel, BA & MLS, University of Wisconsin; MA, Portland State University. Lynn has been the Catlin Gabel Middle School librarian for 17 years. An accomplished glass artist, Lynn collaborates with her husband, Greg Frye, in their business, Grynn Glass.
Dale Yocum, BS computer science, UC Santa Barbara; Catlin Gabel engineering program director. Dale leads all of Catlin Gabel's Lego robotics and high school robotics efforts as well as InvenTeams. He has won the Technology Educator of the Year award as well as the Volunteer of the Year and Coach of the year awards in FIRST robotics. One of his FIRST Lego League teams won the Champion's award at State this year and is going to the World Championships in St. Louis. He is also the author of the multimedia STEMCentric tutorials on NXT and EV3's. Dale has been leading robotics efforts at Catlin Gabel since their inception. Previously he was founder and CEO of several high tech startups.
Alison Ward, BA biology, University of Montana. Alison Ward is a Catlin Gabel alumna and parent to a Lower Schooler at Catlin. She works at Catlin Gabel as a tutor and administrative assistant in the learning center. Alison is a wilderness first responder and loves outdoor activities and doing art in nature.
Spencer White, BA Hispanic studies, Lewis & Clark College; Catlin Gabel Middle School Spanish teacher. Spencer has taught Spanish and led international trips at Catlin Gabel School for 16 years and is one of Portland's avid cyclists. While he pedals in mountain biking, road, short-track mountain biking, and cyclocross disciplines, mountain biking is his favorite. With 20 years of riding experience and a growing knowledge of bike mechanics, Spencer invites you to bike more and bike better.
Dave Whitson, BA and MEd, University of Washington. Dave is the director of Catlin Gabel's Palma Scholars Program, which is devoted to developing student-athletes committed to leadership and service. He has coached soccer and ultimate Frisbee, and has hiked over 7,000 miles across European long-distance trails. He really likes peanut sauce.
The Summer Camps Team
Nicholas Bellos, BA history, Carleton College; Catlin Gabel Upper School history teacher and Summer Camps director. A Catlin Gabel alumnus, Nicholas worked two years as a management consultant before returning to Portland to teach Upper School history and join the Summer Camps team.
Brendan Clark, BA, Willamette University; MA, Lewis & Clark College. Brendan has been teaching for six years and currently teaches preschool at Catlin Gabel.